Can you be really thick (and very, very unpleasant) and be an MP? Yes, of course!

And anyone who wants to know more about Mr Bridgen, check out the link below. It was reported by Owl in 2017 when it appeared in the Daily Mirror. It has now disappeared from the Mirror site but has been accessed hundreds of times on this site as journalists searched for historical information about him:

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  1. We are all assuming that Jacob Rees-Mogg is correct in saying that leaving the building rather that following the Fire Brigade’s advice was common sense. BUT IS IT?

    (Please excuse the length of the comment – but stick with it to the end (or skip to the end) and you will see the point I am trying to make.)

    If you remember anything about the Grenfell Fire, there was thick smoke in the corridors and stairs and possible fire as well. The Fire Brigade advice for people to stay in their flats was a policy based on science, on the basis that the flats were (supposed to be) fireproof and the risks of trying to make it down the stairs were therefore greater than the risks of staying in their flats.

    Of course, the fatal flaw in this was that the flats were not fireproof – because of the cladding, because inferior doors that were not up to the specification had been fitted during the refurbishment and because the fire proofing of the walls had been compromised by incorrect refurbishment works. Perhaps the Fire Brigade should have known that the work had not been done to specification, but it the role of Building Control in the local council to check the quality of the work (yes – the same council who had commissioned the work – what a conflict of interest that turned out to be) and the Fire Brigade is not set up to monitor such things, doesn’t have the funding and nor does the law provide for them to be notified about refurbishments or to demand improvements.

    Anyway, my point is this… That common sense might well be to trust that the experts in the Fire Brigade would know best – and that the best thing to do was to follow their advice otherwise you might get overcome by smoke trying to get out of the building. So perhaps Jacob Rees-Mogg is actually wrong about what constitutes common-sense and the Grenfell victims were acting sensibly in following the Fire Brigade’s advice – but they were doomed either way by the way the refurbishment had been done.

    Either way, it is pretty bloody insensitive of J R-M to be so crass as to blame the victims for their own deaths when pretty much everybody believes that the real cause was the local (Tory) Council’s penny pinching.


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